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P.E.I. cattle industry gets $3.8M to meet new mad cow rules

03 July 2007

CANADA - The federal and P.E.I. governments will spend $3.8 million to help the Island's cattle industry comply with new guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of mad cow disease.
The federal government is spending $80 million across the country to put the new guidelines in place. In P.E.I., it will provide $2.3 million, with the province putting up $1.5 million.

As of July 12, animal parts such as spinal cords will no longer be allowed in animal feed, pet food or fertilizer. Instead, these parts must be incinerated.

"These regulations are fundamental to protect producers from the consequences of cross-contamination in the animal feed system, to secure consumer confidence and to further market-access opportunities," said Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Mackay, who is the federal minister with responsibility for P.E.I.

"These enhanced regulations further demonstrate to the world that Canada is taking this issue very seriously," Mackay said.

P.E.I. is home to Atlantic Beef Products, the largest beef processor in the Maritimes.

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Source: CBC Prince Edward Island


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